I couldn't finish this book, the writing was really getting to me and the lack of any development on Shelby and Foster's parts knocked me right out ofI couldn't finish this book, the writing was really getting to me and the lack of any development on Shelby and Foster's parts knocked me right out of the story. Too many things were glossed over and in the hurry to get the two of them together Lizzie disappears for awhile.
I really wanted to like this file several reasons but all of them failed me.
Didn't love this like I thought I would. The POVs were too frequent and from characters thst, while interesting, were not necessarily necessary (2.5-3
Didn't love this like I thought I would. The POVs were too frequent and from characters thst, while interesting, were not necessarily necessary (the exception being Doctor Sound and maybe Sophia) and made the plot more convoluted than it needed to be.
I needed more Books and Braun. And more of a natural approach to their relationship. Eliza was a bit of a jerk to Welly which made it hard for me to understand their end. Not to mention, Welly was an excellent agent in the field and I would've liked to see more of him and Eliza working together.
I will say that the last twenty or so pages were awesome. The way the whole book should have been.
There was something about this book that pulled at me. I knew going in that there would be a lot of POVs and once I reconciled that fact, I was a3.678
There was something about this book that pulled at me. I knew going in that there would be a lot of POVs and once I reconciled that fact, I was able to enjoy the story.
Getting past the overlapping stories (sometimes the reader would go back a few skips in time in order to tie everything together) and the repetitive information (when you work with a ton of POVs I suppose it's necessary), I really fell for the characters.
Everything centers on Reagan; last name unknown until she walks into the Blue Moon diner in Harmony, Texas, a place she had heard about from a woman that has died. The town called to her, she reflects in the first few pages. A place to call home. She decides to take the name of the woman she had formed a bond with and becomes "Truman".
Through her we meet Hank Matheson - the volunteer Fire Chief, Alex McAllen, the hard and flawed sheriff and Jeremiah Truman, a man she will claim as Uncle if he'll claim her.
As Reagan discovers what family means, what friendship can do and what love ultimately is, we get a glimpse into the heart of Harmony. Every person we meet, from the lonely but kind funeral director (Tyler Wright), to the gypsy blooded Stella McNabb and Noah McAllen, Alex's younger brother and boy on the cusp of manhood, is part of the town and the story. They all bring elements that wouldn't have worked as well with one narrator. There are layers here and each layer needs a voice. Each voice brings a perspective that completes the whole.
This is coming from the person who is not that big of a fan of multiple POVs.
There are subplots that make up a plot in this story. Hank and Alex (short for Alexandra) have a history that is rife with pain due to the fact the only thing that have in common is the murder of Warren McAllen; Hank's best friend and Alex's older brother. Alex holds a debilitating guilt that is breaking her more than helping her and her path of self-destruction collides with Hank's more often than not. Hank sees her as the little kid he's always known but also a woman. Alex seems to hate him and Hank keeps coming back. At first you can't tell if he's a masochist or if he really loves Alex. Or if Alex is just a selfish stone cold bitch or if she's almost damaged beyond repair.
As the story progresses, you see the complexity of the characters and your heart goes out to them. I still see Hank as the more sympathetic of the two, I have some issues with Alex that will be carried on to the next book, but you warm up to both of them and through them you see the harder heart of Harmony.
Tyler Wright's story is just so pathetic, heart-warming and brave that you have to read it. I think there's a soft spot for Mr. Wright in my heart.
Noah McAllen is a fresh voice and a boy on the verge of becoming a man. He and Reagan are both 16 and while Reagan has been hardened by life, Noah is open and warm. Perhaps if Reagan had been born in Harmony maybe this is what would've happened. Noah is tied to the land, like Hank and Ol' Jeremiah Truman and he wants nothing more to stay on his homestead and build it into a working ranch like Hank's. Like the Matheson's and the Trumans, the McAllen's are one of the three families that settled the town. Harmony was willed to the three families by Harmony Ely, a man waiting for his family to show.
Noah is also a cowboy. He's a rodeo man and he's not that great at first but he wants to get better. With his determination, it's easy to see how he brings out Reagan's warmer side. His ardent devotion to Reagan is cute but it's also a bit sad because well, while Reagan is the same age, she is mentally about twenty years older. We don't know too much about Reagan's past but the fact that she never wants to date and is scared, at first, that Noah will turn into a "werewolf" if they are alone at night, she's had some bad experiences.
Being so damn resilient and adorable, Noah respects the boundaries but also tries to help her conquer her fears.
I'm holding out for Noah and Reagan because he's just so damn adorable. Seriously, I would've loved a friend like him as a kid.
There is a mystery here, a crisis that brings people and the town together. In the end, the town triumphs (how could it not) and to be honest, the mystery is really only there to show how a town can be brought together.
All in all, this book has some issues but nothing that will stop you from reading. It's engrossing and engaging and if you're the sentimental type, you may even find your eyes leaking :D...more
Listen, you're not going to go into this book expecting a work by Hesiod but this short Harlequin romance does its job. Boy meets girl, they are attraListen, you're not going to go into this book expecting a work by Hesiod but this short Harlequin romance does its job. Boy meets girl, they are attracted to each other, slow build-up, conflict, they realize they have feelings for each other, pushing away by one or both parties, misery because they live each other, and then the HEA. This hits most of those points pretty well. The reasons were valid, the family drama was real, and the two mains were clearly meant to be together.
I will say that I think I love Naddy and this book should be re-released as an Avon novel so that we get more character depth and development as well as more Naddy. It would also be nice to see Brodie on a happier situation....more
eh. It was a predictable story with a flat plot and even less developed characters. It was free.
Dana's brother was a colossal douchebag and I'm not sueh. It was a predictable story with a flat plot and even less developed characters. It was free.
Dana's brother was a colossal douchebag and I'm not sure how the next book is going to be about him. Also, Hud had potential and I wish we had more backstory about him and his family. Dana was a little one-note. ...more
I had been super excited to read this but this is a bit slow. It begins about halfway through Audrey's story so not only are we left hanging about JacI had been super excited to read this but this is a bit slow. It begins about halfway through Audrey's story so not only are we left hanging about Jace's condition until about 67% into the story.
It wasn't bad but it could have been so much better. I didn't need the beginning of their relationship but how it was at the end of the previous book.
Also I felt like Leah and Gage weren't as fleshed out as they could've been.
Not bad but unfortunately not my favorite (as I hoped it would)....more
2.4 stars and the .4 is only because I like Jo Goodman.
I don't know what happened in this book though. Michael was a disappointing & annoying hMeh
2.4 stars and the .4 is only because I like Jo Goodman.
I don't know what happened in this book though. Michael was a disappointing & annoying heroine, Ethan - while slightly more sympathetic - had potential that went nowhere. And the ending? The ending was unneccessarily drawn out.
There are better Historical "Wild West" romances to read, hell there are better Jo Goodman's to read. Skip this if you can. If you can't, well, it's not bad but it surely isn't great. If you aren't overcome with the same need to clip Mike on the jaw or have the urge to shake her, then you're a better reader than I am. How Ethan put up with her, especially while risking his own neck for her, I'll never know. But logic tells me that when you're in a situation in which you could die over the littlest thing, you might want to pick the devil you know and do as you're told. So, a big pat on the back for Ethan and even bigger pat on the back if you're going to venture into this one.
Don't know why I kept reading this book when I clearly knew by page 30 that I didn't like it. Couldn't explain what pulled me to finish it but I ca2.7
Don't know why I kept reading this book when I clearly knew by page 30 that I didn't like it. Couldn't explain what pulled me to finish it but I can certainly tell you that it wasn't Jackie Rutledge. She's a very unsympathetic character and I have to admit that I was sort of hoping that she would get killed off.
I guess that doesn't happen when you're the lead female.
Jackie is a bitch. An agressive one at that. With a gun. She's scarred emotionally and how she ever made it past the final round of FBI psych evals is beyond me. I like my heroines to be a little angsty but I don't need full blown psychotic. Think Ashley Judd's character in "Twisted" combined with Sandra Bullock's character in "Murder by Numbers" with a healthy dose of fuck the world and there you go, you have Jackie. Minus the sympathy one would have for say, Sandra Bullock's character. Jackie is supposed to be tough but I think she's just self-destructive (view spoiler)[ she drinks a lot, which in and of itself doesn't bother me but it's the constant one night stands she has which culminates into her almost killing a man after her partner does. She goes apeshit but she's flashbacking to her stepfather who may or may not have sexually abused her, but was abusive, and then pulls a gun on some dude who is domming her. Weird to say the least (hide spoiler)]
If you want a tragic and scarred heroine who is a little more likeable try or even better, try .
Plot wise there were a lot of holes why could the vampires feel the pull of the dead? (view spoiler)[why could they suck the dead into them? why doesn't Nick drink blood anymore? I know it was a vow, but why? why could the vampires feel when another vampire is feeding? does it have something to do with being blood linked? How did Reggie die? Where did Reggie go? Why is Shelby alive? Is she alive? (hide spoiler)] Why was Drake after Nick in the first place?
There were also continuity issues (view spoiler)[ when Laurel died Jackie saw the green elf on her calf, indicative of a tattoo, but when she saw Shelby's tat she thinks that Laurel might have liked to have gotten one even though she was scared of needles or some such nonsense (hide spoiler)] and a few spelling mistakes that the content and copy editor should've picked up on.
Nick seemed like a good guy if not a bit of a sadist. He was also incredibly passive about the whole Drake thing. If Jackie and Laurel hadn't arrived on the scene then what would he have done? He was a weird hero. Nice, sweet but tortured and beat down. He's lost all interest in living and is only awaiting the inevitable but my question is, why didn't he just end it himself? Also, what he sees in Jackie is a mystery. She's quite a bitch to him. Shelby is no better but they have a history so it's easy to see that Shelby is the spur in his side.
The supporting characters, like the plot, weren't fleshed out that well and adding the unnecessary drama of Laurel (view spoiler)[ being in love with Jackie at one point because we just found out she's gay (hide spoiler)] gave me a weird feeling.
It was a mediocre book with bad characters and the only thing that would make me go back for me is reading more about Nick. That and the series seems to have gotten a bit better judging by Goodreads ratings.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more